- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2005

Help around the house

If your home has too much personality for its own good, the Do-It-Yourself Network is here to help.

The cable channel is seeking people suffering from home woes — such as a spot in the basement that perpetually collects water — for a new home-inspection show.

The program will bring home inspectors and repairmen to viewers’ homes to find and fix the problems once and for all.

Potential homeowner participants can e-mail the show at [email protected] with a description of their problems and any digital photographs that could help illustrate the dilemma. Please enclose your address, phone numbers and e-mail address.

A producer may contact you if your problem is deemed DIY-worthy.

Long on Short

Veteran comic Martin Short is popping up all over the tube.

First, the “SCTV” grad turned in a grand comic performance on Fox’s “Arrested Development,” portraying an aged millionaire without the use of his legs. Now he’s set to guest-star on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” at 10 tonight.

He’ll play a deceitful psychic who claims to hold the clues to finding a missing girl. His character, as it turns out, possesses more information on the missing girl than he originally promises.

Mr. Short, who turns 55 on March 26, began his career on the Canadian sketch-comedy scene before joining “SCTV.” He had a short stint on “Saturday Night Live” (1984 to 1985) before shifting to films, appearing in the features “Three Amigos!” “Father of the Bride” and “The Big Picture.”

He’ll next be seen in “Jiminy Glick in La La Wood” — the big-screen offshoot of his fictional character on cable’s Comedy Central channel — which he wrote.

Bright beginnings

“Law & Order: Trial by Jury” is guilty — of being an early hit for NBC, TV Guide Online reports.

After debuting Thursday night with more than 17 million viewers, “Trial” settled into its regular Friday time slot and averaged a winning 14.4 million viewers.

The new drama, starring Bebe Neuwirth, former “Cheers” wet-blanket wife (of Dr. Frasier Crane),” airs Friday evenings at 10.

Churchill visits Maher

HBO will replay at 10 tonight an episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher” featuring University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, who made headlines a few weeks back when he suggested America “had it coming” in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

If you were outraged by Mr. Churchill’s description of the men and women who died in the World Trade Center as “little Eichmanns” (a reference to the Nazi chief of operations during the Holocaust), just wait until you hear some of Mr. Maher’s diatribes. Among the liberal funnyman’s modest proposals: A “Why they hate us” pavilion should be built at ground zero in New York City.

PIlot progress

A few casting tidbits:

Emily Deschanel (“Boogeyman”) is set to star in “Bones,” a new Fox drama about a crime-solving anthropologist, Reuters News Agency reports.

Miss Deschanel’s character will be called in when other investigative avenues fail on the hourlong drama.

Jessica Capshaw has landed the lead in NBC’s new comedy pilot “Thick and Thin.” Formerly known as the untitled Paula Penn project, the sitcom centers on a woman adjusting to her new body after massive weight loss. Miss Capshaw, who co-starred on ABC’s “The Practice,” next appears in the TNT miniseries “Into the West.”

A pair of “Beverly Hills, 90210” veterans round out the casting news. Jason Priestly, most recently seen in Fox’s “Tru Calling,” will co-star in “Love Monkey” on CBS. The romantic-drama pilot chronicles the lives of four male friends in various stages of dating and marriage. Mr. Priestley will play the quartet’s married doctor.

Lindsay Price (seen as Janet in “90210’s” final seasons) is joining the cast of the WB Network’s “Pepper Dennis.” The pilot centers on an ambitious TV news reporter (Rebecca Romijn) who tries to balance work, romance and family. Miss Price — recently seen in NBC’s ill-fated “Coupling” — will play Miss Romijn’s best friend.

Compiled by Christian Toto from Web and wire reports.

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